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America Will Sacrifice Anything for the College Experience

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, Oct 20, 2020

I think this makes it clear why online learning (and skills programs generally) have always seemed like such a pale substitute for the real thing. "Quietly, higher education was always an excuse to justify the college lifestyle." The college experience, at least in the United States, as always about "access to opportunity, camaraderie, and even matrimony. Partying, drinking, sex, clubs, fraternities." Ian Bogost writes, "These rites of passage became an American birthright." But no, for most, they didn't. They - at best - entrenched the privilege of the privileged. The system won't change itself - not even in the middle of a pandemic. But at least now it is laid bare, the proverbial emperor with no ethics. "The pandemic has revealed that higher education was never about education." The internet might not overthrow U.S. colleges - but the people might.

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Amplify Your Virtual Classroom With AWS Educate

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
Instructure, AWS Educate, Oct 20, 2020

This is marketing content from Instructure advertising a partnership with Amazon Web Services to provide access to cloud services and content to students. "Educators have access to several no-cost features, including: virtual classroom environments; cloud learning content; AWS access; and Professional development." That's great, and part of an accelerating trend, but what I don't understand is why companies like Amazon focus these programs on traditional institutions and their students. What Amazon is doing here increases the divide between those with the means to pay tuition and access educational programs and those without the means. It would be better, to my mind, to just make these programs open access and allow anyone with the interest to take advantage of them.

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Interface University and Other Scenarios for the AI Economy

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
David Staley, EDUCAUSE Review, Oct 20, 2020

In the scenarios here we have here an example of someone taking one element - in this case, AI - and projecting a future based on that element. In this case, one thing we get is 'Interface University', the idea for a new kind of higher education institution where students and AIs work together. "Learning would become a noisy affair," writes David Staley, "with humans and artificial intelligence engaged in continual conversations." But everything else, it seems, would be the same: majoring in individual disciplines, graded project-based assignments, and of course, AI-focused curricula. Posh! With AI-supported learning on demand, people wouldn't need to attend university at all. Learning would happen very quietly, with conversations happening in an internal monologue. And they wouldn't be conversations; the AI will stimulate all senses to provide a form of internal virtual (or augmented, depending) reality to provide background, play out scenarios, draw implications, and more. Via Helge Scherlund.

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Building Relationships: How to Connect from a Distance

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
Crystal O. Wong, Faculty Focus, Oct 20, 2020

This is yet another article on the need to make connections and re-establish relations as an essential first step in responding to the pandemic (I won't list all of these I see, but I'm certainly seeing a trend). Crystal Wong writes, "the word 'connect' means different things to different people; for me, connecting with students embodies a model of care, such as treating students with respect, making them feel welcome, and responding with compassion. When students know we care, they are more likely to reciprocate, and when they do, relationships are formed." Learning online is not just informational, it's not just transactional. It's interesting how I'm seeing the idea of presence overlap with the idea of connection in these articles, even if the word isn't explicitly used.

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Learning To Reach Out: Embracing New Ways of Connecting

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
Rukmini Banerji, WISE, Oct 20, 2020

This article describes briefly the response of an educational NGO, Pratham, to the onset of Covid in India. It didn't help that the lockdown happened during Holi, leaving many staff stranded far away from their work locations. "Village headmen or 'Pradhans' were called. Once the Pradhan understood what was needed, he or she sent phone numbers to the Pratham teams. Outreach to the representative of the village local government brought in awareness about the effort too." Once connection was established, the educational outreach was adapted to the circumstances. "We selected fun activities and learning tasks from this collection and started sending them via phones. The campaign came to be called ‘Karona: Thodi Masti, Thodi Padhai’. (The word Karona is a play on 'Corona but it means 'do it' in several Indian languages. Thodi = a little. Masti= Fun. Padhai = Learning)."

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Study of a COVID-19 induced transition from Face-to-Face to Online Team-Based Learning in Undergraduate Family Medicine

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
Lisa Jackson, Farah Otaki, Leigh Powell, Ernie Ghiglione, Nabil Zary, MedEdPublish, Oct 20, 2020

From the well-structured abstract to the declarations of conflicts of interest and ethics at the end this paper is a model of clarity and openness. It's set in a context of online team-based learning (TBL) and the community of inquiry (CoI) framework. It describes the launch of a TBL pilot as a response to the Covid pandemic. The study size is unfortunately small, but the article does what it can to capture their experience, and to present it along the lines of the types of presence described in CoI. The authors conclude "TBL enables rapid transition to distance learning; it promotes analytical and self-directed learning even in extreme circumstances." This is too broad: they should say, "In this case, and viewed from this theoretical perspective, TBL enabled rapid transition...". But I guess if they had said that, it would never have been published. And so the paper models both the best and worst of education research.

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Lecture: recorded, zoomed, or what?

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
Lisa M. Lane, Oct 20, 2020

"With this year’s quick and unexpected transition to online teaching," writes Lisa Lane, "many professors assumed that online lecture meant reproducing what they do in class." From my perspective it felt as though we were suddenly back in the 1990s. Anyhow, Lane continues, "For two decades, I’ve been pushing the idea that the technology should follow the pedagogy. Your preferred teaching method should dominate. In the rush, there had been no connection between a professor’s pedagogy and their choice of format." Well, true, but there's more to it than that. What worked in the classroom might not work online, at least, not for this particular group of students. And there might be new things you could do that were just impossible in the classroom. As I said in a seminar yesterday, what you need to look at is what you're trying to accomplish. Then choose your pedagogy and your technology accordingly.

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Learning for Life: Funding a world-class adult education system

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
Ed Richardson, Confederation of British Industry, Oct 20, 2020

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), a U.K. advocacy group, has released a report (38 page PDF) calling for  investing in reskilling for workers. "The UK needs to spend an additional £130 billion over ten years (£13 billion a year) on adult education," they argue. Of course, the key question here is, as they say, in the execution. They recommend changing the Apprenticeship Levy, supporting small-to-medium enterprises (SME), and incentives for individuals to invest in learning. For my own part, I would flip the script: instead of credits for business and loans for individuals, I would provide credits for individuals (coupled with free learning opportunities) and loans for business. This provides for learning that does more than protect the interests of incumbent industry, helps people who are not currently working, and allows individuals to explore new fields in emerging industries.

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COVID-19's Lasting Effects on the Higher Education Landscape

Campus Technology - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 22:09
Higher ed's response to the novel coronavirus has exposed issues of pedagogy, equity and more — but also offers opportunities to reshape the future.

Is Artificial Intelligence Closer to Common Sense?

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 07:37
Michael Stiefel, InfoQ, Oct 20, 2020

Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be closer to common sense, but that doesn't make it close. Part of the problem is figuring our how we as humans learn common sense. As Leora Morgenstern says, “What you learn when you’re two or four years old, you don’t really ever put down in a book.” This article provides some background about previous attempts to solve the problem and them looks at Commonsense Transformers (COMET). "The idea is to teach intelligent agents to interact with the world the way a child does. Instead of associating the idea of eating with a textual description, an intelligent agent would be told, 'We are now going to eat,' and then it would see the associated actions such as, gathering food from the refrigerator, preparing the meal, and then see its consumption." Even if you don't think COMET is plausible, the background summary is quite informative and worth reading in its own right.

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Designing A Home Video Studio For Online Synchronous Teaching

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 07:37
Sean P. Willems, Oct 20, 2020

This is good stuff. Described as one person's "attempt  to create a home video studio to more closely approximate the on-campus experience, and provides recommendations for a minimally-sufficient studio" it offers some examples of tools and approaches to providing video instruction from home (and maybe, one day in the future, schools can use this sort of set-up instead of paying for expensive video studios). Paralleling my own experience, Sean Willems uses Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) as the virtual camera, thus making format changes quick and effective. He also does a lot more than I have ever done, including a lightboard station and a document camera. The document (24 page PDF) provides an equipment list and reflections after eight weeks of teaching using the set-up. The best bit of advice: having a teaching assistant (TA) who can handle issues on the fly. Via Tom Woodward.

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‘Don’t Get Gaggled’: Minneapolis School District Spends Big on Student Surveillance Tool, Raising Ire After Terminating Its Police Contract

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 07:37
Mark Keierleber, The 74, Oct 20, 2020

This article describes concerns being raised about Gaggle, "currently used in hundreds of districts across the U.S., relying on artificial intelligence and a team of moderators paid as little as $10 an hour to scan billions of student emails, chat messages and files each year." The author does note that Gaggle says it "cannot guarantee security and confidentiality through its services” and “may choose to turn over” student messages to the police. Critic Marika Pfefferkorn says “My concern was that they would replace physical policing with technological policing" and that Gaggle “has the potential to further criminalize students.” These are, to my mind, valid concerns.

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JSON Schema for JSON-LD

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 07:37
Phil Barker, Sharing and learning, Oct 20, 2020

A lot of this work on learning resource metadata is still relevant, though we certainly don't see it in the mainstream any more. The industry doesn't help itself; as Phil Barker writes, "I’m discussing JSON, RDF as JSON-LD, JSON Schema, RDF Schema and schema.org; which are all different things." For our purposes, Javascript Object Notation (JSON) Linked Data (LD), or JSON-LD, os probably the most important. As Barker says, "one of the factors in the big increase in visibility of linked data over that last few years has been the acceptability of JSON-LD to programmers familiar with JSON." Anyhow, this article descends into the weeds pretty quickly - you don't have to follow everything but it's important to remember that this is the plumbing that makes (and will make) a lot of learning applications work together.

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New PLOS pricing test could signal end of scientists paying to publish free papers

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 07:37
Jeffrey Brainard, Science, Oct 20, 2020

The original model established by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) was to charge authors to publish papers. These papers would then be made available to everyone for free - in other words, they would be made open access (the real kind of open, not the fake 'open' we see elsewhere). This model has always had its issues; it was inequitable, for one, and is difficult to make sustainable. The new model being piloted would have institutions, not individuals, pay the publication costs. "The fee is based in part on how many papers all researchers at all institutions in the tier have published in recent years in the journal, either as corresponding or contributing authors." It's a model that should be watched closely by producers of open educational resources.

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Coursera Explores a $59/month Pricing for Its Catalog Subscription

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 07:37
Dhawal Shah, Class Central, Oct 20, 2020

The price of 'open' is $US 59 per month, at least in the world of Coursera. I think maybe it's time to stop using the word 'MOOC' to describe these providers, because they're really nothing more than just another publisher charging money for online content (indeed, they're more expensive than most such providers; even the New York Times costs less than half that amount). Dhawal Shah notes that the rollout has been very uneven, isn't consistently documented, and doesn't appear to be available to everyone.

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Open Letter: Children Are Subjected To Behavioural Advertising – End It!

OLDaily - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 07:37
Mie Oehlenschlager, Data Ethics, Oct 20, 2020

Online behavioural advertising "involves tracking consumers’ online activities, across sites and over time in order to deliver advertisements targeted to their inferred interests." Directed at children, it can be especially effective. This has led a mixed group of individuals and agencies mostly based in the U.K. to write an open letter calling for "an end to behavioural ads to those individuals platforms know are – or are identified as – under 18." The write, "There is no justification for targeting teenagers with personalised ads any more than there is for targeting 12-year-olds."  In Canada, the Privacy Commissioner recommends behavioural advertising not be extended to forms of tracking that cannot be controlled by individuals, and also that it not be extended to children. "It is hard to argue that young children could meaningfully consent to such practices, and the profiling of youngsters to serve them online behaviourally targeted ads seems inappropriate in such circumstances." Image: FTC.

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Mixed Reality Medical App Gets Remote Treatment

Campus Technology - 20 Octubre, 2020 - 00:42
The company that produces HoloPatient has developed a remote version for pandemic-era teaching. GigXR's original HoloPatient allows medical and nursing students to interact with a holographic patient via virtual and augmented reality. The new HoloPatient Remote is intended to provide students with safe and physically distanced versions of that immersion as a replacement for normal clinical studies.

10G Networks Promise Millisecond Latency

Campus Technology - 19 Octubre, 2020 - 23:47
On the horizon for 2021, 10G offers the promise of delivering 10 times the current most prevalent maximum speeds offered to consumers.

Miami Dade College Promotes Statewide CTE Opportunities

Campus Technology - 19 Octubre, 2020 - 22:37
The eight-campus Miami Dade College is applying a $2.3 million grant to publicizing its career and technical education programs and boosting the number of scholarships available to students pursuing CTE.

10G Networks on 2021 Horizon, Promise Millisecond Latency

THE Journal - 19 Octubre, 2020 - 22:25
10G offers the promise of delivering 10 times the current most prevalent maximum speeds offered to consumers.

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